The nuclear deals the United States makes

Friday, August 01, 2008

Sorting through the proliferation of nuclear confusion
Today, India is set to clear one of the last three hurdles to its historic nuclear deal with the United States. The International Atomic Energy Agency is expected to approve a mechanism to safeguard and inspect Indian nuclear facilities. That means that the U.S. could lift a thirty-four year old ban on selling nuclear fuel and technology to India, even though Delhi has tested nuclear weapons and refuses to sign the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. Tomorrow is the two-week deadline for Iran -- which has signed the non-proliferation treaty -- to come clean about its nuclear program, or face sanctions. So, this is what it looks like today: If you have nukes in India, we'll reward you, but if you're Iran, we punish you. And if you're North Korea, we're not sure what to do with you. Sharon Weinberger, author of Nuclear Family Vacation: Travels in the World of Atomic Weaponry helps us sort through this nuclear confusion. Guest: Sharon Weinberger, author of Nuclear Family Vacation: Travels in the World of Atomic Weaponry. She also blogs at Wired's Danger Room blog.

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Sitara Nieves

Comments [1]

mem

iran actually does need nuclear energy don't they? they have a lot of crude oil, but they don't have a lot of processing power and actually import gasoline don't they?

so nuclear power sounds like a reasonable way to power their society. i mean, there are huge strains in LA and NY during the summer because of AC. I would imagine iran being much hotter much more often, so makes sense for them to have the power.

Aug. 01 2008 04:20 PM

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